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Fr L to R: Jane Wagner, Tina DeFeliantonio, interviewee Anne Addison and Lynda Kaplan
Fr L to R: Jane Wagner, Tina DeFeliantonio, interviewee Anne Addison and Lynda Kaplan
NYWIFT Archive Committee runs interview marathon

On Saturday, November 13, three camera crews and another dozen volunteers set up in the NYWIFT offices to shoot twelve interviews for the Archive Project.  The twelve women interviewed represented a broad spectrum of career experiences in the New York film and television industry.  They shared personal stories about their own lives: how they started in the business, what obstacles they faced as women when they began their careers, how the working environment has changed, and what it has meant for them to be part of the community of women professionals which NYWIFT has helped to support and promote.  

The Committee is excited to have made such a substantial contribution all at once to the growing NYWIFT Archive and plans to repeat the process in the spring.  The goal of the Committee is to capture on video the professional lives of women from all areas of the industry.  Ultimately, these interviews will be made available, both online and as part of a more extensive physical repository, to students, scholars, and anyone else who is interested in the career experiences of women in the New York film and television community.  

DP Roberta Pyzel,<br>interviewee Linda Yellen,<br>and Susan Strickler
DP Roberta Pyzel,
interviewee Linda Yellen,
and Susan Strickler

The twelve women interviewed on November 13 included:

Anne Addison, former Director of International Acquisitions for WNET/Channel 13

Carolyn Culliton, head writer for As The World Turns

Mary Flood, camera operator at ABC for 36 years; presently at Good Morning America; previously Olympics and political conventions

Tamara Grady, stage manager for soap operas Ryan’s Hope and All My Children

Carey Graeber, documentary filmmaker and NYWIFT past president

Victoria Hamburg, producer, writer, NYWIFT past president

Lynda Hansen, producer and advisor to producers, directors, writers, and film festivals; co-founder/co-chair: FIRST LOOK Screening Series with Tribeca and Kodak; founder/chair: Americans In Berlin at the Berlin Film Festival

Nora Kasarda, Art Department Coordinator for Disney features and TV                                        

Beverly Miller of Local 829
Beverly Miller of Local 829
Beverly Miller, president and business representative at United Scenic Artists, Local 829, IATSE

Susan Morris, executive producer, editor-in-chief, and consultant across many media platforms, specializing in arts and culture

Anita Thacher, director/producer of experimental films

Linda Yellen, producer, director, writer of television films, including Playing For Time

Cinematographers for the event were:

S. Yung, J. Altschuler,<br>C. Hargraves, S. Strickler,<br>L. Makowski, D. Hammond<br>and M. Setlow
S. Yung, J. Altschuler,
C. Hargraves, S. Strickler,
L. Makowski, D. Hammond
and M. Setlow
Tina DeFeliciantonio, with her partner Jane Wagner, of Naked Eye Productions

Roberta Pyzel of Act II Productions

Elizabeth Casinelli

Co-chairs Norma Davidoff and Marcie Setlow, along with Jane Altschuler, Peggy Daniel, Dore Hammond, Christine Knowlton, Gerit Quealy, and Susan Strickler conducted the interviews.  Committee members who also helped produce the day were Jeralyn Jamila Allston, Terry Greenberg, Cynthia Hargraves, Lynda Kaplan, Lisa Makowski, Emily Nelson, Kerrie Walsh, Susan Yung, and Ellen Zalk.

The Archive Committee is now planning another marathon shoot for March or April.  Anyone interested in participating in this exciting project should contact Marcie Setlow at msetlow@aol.com .

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts